Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Master of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology (M.F.W.C.B.)

How to Apply

Application Deadlines

Fall semester April 1
Spring semester October 1

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1 Review Admission Requirements

The Master of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology requires that students have the following:

  • A B.A. or B.S. degree in fish, wildlife, and conservation biology (F.W.C.B.) or a closely related discipline.
  • A minimum of 2 years full-time professional employment post-bachelor's degree, with work focusing on F.W.C.B. or a closely related field.
  • A 3.00 GPA or higher on all undergraduate coursework. Exceptions to this are made on a case-by-case basis.
    • No specific coursework is required but courses in ecology, introductory calculus, and statistics are prerequisites for a number of the online Master degree program’s core courses. Because applicants are working professionals, having the equivalent knowledge and skills from job settings could be used to meet a course prerequisite with instructor approval.
    • Applications are reviewed for the presence of courses in the three topics listed above. If such courses are not readily apparent on a transcript, the applicant must explain briefly in their Personal Statement how equivalent knowledge to an undergraduate course has been gained in that topic or how the applicant plans to address this deficiency through coursework if admitted to the program.
  • GRE scores are not required.

Note that meeting the minimum department standards does not ensure admission to the program. Admission is based on a number of factors, including prior academic and professional experience, references, and the Personal Statement.

2 Prepare Application Materials

Prepare the materials below and upload when you apply online.

  • Three letters of recommendation
    Three professional recommendations are required. You will provide information about your recommenders in the online application. CSU will contact them with instructions and a link to a secure form they will submit on your behalf. Request letters from at least two of the following:
    • Previous or current college/university instructors
    • Previous or current immediate professional supervisors
    • Observers other than supervisors who can verify the professional or intellectual expertise of the applicant. Letters from friends, relatives or character witnesses are considered only supplemental to the three required reference letters
  • Resume
    Provide a detailed professional employment history and any publications, written reports, presentations, collegiate work, service activities, applicable trainings, and awards. The resume should demonstrate how the applicant meets all of the listed Admission Requirements. Dates of professional employment should clearly indicate how the applicant has a minimum of 2 years full-time professional employment post-bachelor's degree at the time the resume is submitted.
  • Statement of purpose
    This focused statement should include information on past work experience specifically related to F.W.C.B. and natural resources and the applicant’s educational and long-term professional goals, addressing how the F.W.C.B. online Master degree program will contribute to both. Additionally, if courses listed under Review Admission Requirements are not readily apparent on the transcript, the applicant must explain briefly in the Personal Statement how equivalent knowledge has been gained in that topic or how the applicant plans to address this deficiency through coursework if admitted to the program.

3 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete and all required materials have been received.

  • Select "Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology (M.F.W.C.) – Distance" when choosing the program of study.

4 Request Official Transcripts

Request one official transcript of all collegiate work completed from every institution attended, whether or not you received a degree from those institutions. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required. Official transcripts can either be mailed in or sent as e-transcripts.

Send e-transcripts to: gradadmissions@colostate.edu

Send paper copies to:
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

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Information for International Students

Official transcript translation

Ensure official copies include a certified translation into English (only one set of transcripts is required).

Official test scores

Colorado State University requires that proficiency in English language be demonstrated either by the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE academic tests prior to admission. Please submit one of the official scores from the list below. Tests must be taken within two years prior to admission and submitted directly from the Educational Testing Service (select institution code: 4075).

  • The minimum TOEFL score for admission without condition is 550 (paper-based), or 80 (internet-based).
  • The minimum IELTS score for admission without condition is 6.5.
  • The minimum PTE Academic score for admission without condition is 58.

All applicants who are citizens of countries in which English is not the official language, and who do not have an undergraduate degree from the U.S. must submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores.

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